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Red Light Therapy for Fat Loss

Red Light Therapy for Fat Loss

With rising cases of obesity in many countries, fat loss is the number one health goal for millions of people.  However shedding those unwanted kilos can prove quite difficult considering our evolving society where many jobs are sedentary and exercise is not prioritised.  There is no easy route to weight loss, however this article highlights the benefits of using red light therapy to help with the appearance of fat and cellulite, fat loss, controlling the appetite and overall body tone.


So How Does Light Therapy Assist Fat Loss?

There have been many fads over the years when it comes to fat loss, most posing potential health risks.   From bariatric surgery to unhealthy yo yo diets, the list of weight loss fads is extensive.   This article will give you a great overview on what and how Infraredi can benefit your fat loss goals.  

Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy has proven to be a noninvasive, safe, and natural approach to weight management.  With a device like Infraredi, you’re getting concentrated wavelengths of therapeutic natural light directly into your cells with the aim of reducing oxidative stress and stimulating cellular energy production aka Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Clinical research has shown that red light therapy’s functionalities don’t end there but also makes impacts on Adipocytes, which are cells responsible for storing fat. By doing so, red light therapy causes lipids to disperse, and in extension, helps in the extermination of fat-triggering cells. [1]

As advised by a study published in the 2012 edition of the International Journal Endocrinology, red light therapy has other methods of reducing body fat. One of such is the control of hunger-secreting hormones, such as ghrelin, and leptin, which are common in sleep apnea patients. [2]


The Science Behind Fat Loss and Red Light Therapy

Here at Infraredi, we believe in backing everything up by science, here are some of the most exciting clinical trials for fat loss.

Decreased Cellulite: A group of researchers in 2011 conducted a study on the impact of red light therapy on the reduction of cellulite in the body. The research centered on a group of women within the 25-55 age brackets. The researchers divided the women into two groups, with one group focusing on treadmill exercise and the other combining red light therapy with treadmill exercise. At the end of the two-week experiment, thermographic photographs revealed those who combined RLT and exercise had more effective changes in the thigh circumference and cellulite. This suggests the effectiveness of red light therapy and treadmill exercises in the improvement of the body’s aesthetics. [3]


Reduction in Waistline Girth:  A 2011 double-blind and randomized study published in the Journal of Obesity Surgery delegated light therapy at 635-680 nanometers (nm) on obese individuals with the aim of identifying the positive impacts of the therapy in reducing their waistline. At the end of the 4-week study, a statistically significant reduction of the waistline girth was achieved on each of the participants. [4]


Tightening Thighs and Hips: Another 2013 study in Lasers in Surgery Medicine confirmed the potentials of red light therapy at a nanometer of 635 in tightening the waist, hips, and thighs. The researchers discovered a mean loss of 2.99 inches in the body’s circumference at the end of the research and they arrived at the conclusion that a red light therapy operating at a wavelength of 635 nanometers (nm) is capable of facilitating a tighter hip, thighs, and waist with assurances of clinical safety. (Figure A). [5]


A Decrease in Body Fat: A group of researchers in 2018 initiated triple-blind, placebo-controlled research to determine the impact of red light therapy on individuals undergoing endurance training. The outcome showed that pre-exercise treatment using light therapy is more efficient than placebo in facilitating a reduction in body fat. [6]


Reduction of Fat Mass: A group of Brazilian researchers in 2015 conducted an exercise and light therapy experiment on 64 obese women within the 20-40 age brackets. The participants were divided into an exercise-only group and another group that utilised red light therapy treatments alongside their exercise program. The outcome of the study showed that the combination of exercise and red light therapy was more effective in reducing fat mass whilst increasing muscle mass.

The researchers wrote in part:

“Our results demonstrated for the first time that light therapy enhances the physical exercise effects in obese women undergoing weight loss treatment promoting significant changes in inflexibility metabolic profile.” [7]

The exact same study was conducted in 2018 however this time using younger obese women. Results obtained from the research showed that these women who combined red light therapy with exercise witnessed reductions in insulin and fat mass than those that only exercised.

The researchers of this study made the following submissions:

“It was demonstrated that exercise training associated with light therapy promotes an improvement in body composition and inflammatory processes. The light therapy group especially presented positive modifications of WNT5 signaling, FGF-21, and ANP, possible biomarkers associated with browning adiposity processes. This suggests light therapy is applicable in clinical practice to control obesity.” [8]


Conclusion: Red Light Therapy for Weight Loss


The Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy is a convenient and cost effective therapy to increase fat loss efforts.  Infraredi's portable and compact design is the perfect companion to facilitate fat loss, cellulite reduction, easing the appetite and overall body tone naturally.  This is backed up by many clinical trials and collaborative testimonies from natural health experts around the world who affirm the effectiveness of red light therapy.  


Scientific Sources and Medical References:

[1] Peterson P.S., Lei X, Wolf RM. CTRP7 deletion attenuates obesity-linked glucose intolerance, adipose tissue inflammation, and hepatic stress. American Journal of Physiology. Feb 2017;10:1152.

[2] Figueiro MG, Plitnick B, and Rea MS. Light Modulates Leptin and Ghrelin in Sleep-Restricted Adults. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2012.

[3] Paolillo FR, Borghi-Silva A, et al. New treatment of cellulite with infrared-LED illumination applied during high-intensity treadmill training. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Aug;13(4):166-71.

[4] Caruso-Davis MK, Guillot TS, Podichetty VK, Mashtalir N, Dhurandhar NV, Dubuisson O, Yu Y. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy for body contouring and spot fat reduction. Obes Surg. 2011. Jun;21(6):722-9.

[5] McRae E and Boris J. Independent evaluation of low-level laser therapy at 635 nm for non-invasive body contouring of the waist, hips, and thighs. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Jan 2013;45(1):1-7.

[6] Miranda EF, Tomazoni SS, et al. When is the best moment to apply photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) when associated with a treadmill endurance-training program? A randomized, triple-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Lasers in Med Science. 2018 May;33(4):719-727.

[7] Sene-Fiorese M, Duarte FO, et al. The potential of phototherapy to reduce body fat, insulin resistance and "metabolic inflexibility" related to obesity in women undergoing weight loss treatment. Lasers Surg Med. 2015 Oct;47(8):634-42.

[8] da Silveira Campos RM, Dâmaso AR, et al. The effects of exercise training associated with low-level laser therapy on biomarkers of adipose tissue transdifferentiation in obese women. Lasers in Medical Science. 2018 Aug;33(6):1245-1254.

[10] Duarte FO, et al. Can low-level laser therapy (LLLT) associated with anaerobic plus resistance training change the cardiometabolic risk in obese women? A placebo-controlled clinical trial. J Photochem Photobiol B. 2015 Dec;153:103-10.

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